From October 2015 the Brooke’s work in Jordan is changing. Click here to find out more.


Jordan is a relatively small country dependent largely on services, foreign aid and tourism. There are approximately 1,350 horses and donkeys in and around Petra, with 700 working regularly in the Petra Park. On July 7th 2007 Petra was announced one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, making it a prime tourist attraction.
Equids are used to transport tourists in and around the site where they suffer from a range of welfare issues, particularly lameness, wounds, hoof problems, serious injuries, poorly fitting harnesses, overloading, whipping, mistreatment and overworking. These problems are worse for carriage horses and donkeys. Lack of access to water and the shortage of trained vets also impact animals’ welfare in Petra.

We kindly request you to file any complaints or concerns you may have on working animals’ welfare in Petra to these two below government bodies as this will help us in achieving our goal.

Making a Difference

  • In March 2010, the Brooke transferred the responsibility of running the veterinary clinic to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Jordan and signed an agreement with the Ministry to make sure that local veterinary care for horses and donkeys in Petra will still be available. The MoA should normally be responsible for such facilities in the country
  • The Brooke continues to work with government vets, providing training and information to ensure a good quality service is provided to those attending the clinic
  • The current focus for the Brooke in Jordan is education, training and raising awareness of equine welfare to improve the handling and management of horses and donkeys
  • The Brooke continues to work with and influence key stakeholders empowering them to take up their responsibilities towards working animals’ welfare. We recently helped to launch the Care for Petra responsible tourism campaign on 30th October 2014 at the Petra Visitors Centre in front of government, NGO, UN and local community representatives. The campaign and materials produced for it provide tourists with simple messages to help them make the right choices in Petra to improve animal welfare, secure the future of children and protect the archaeological heritage - three very interconnected issues in the Park. The Brooke initiated this campaign and has been acting as its Coordinator for the last year and a half bringing together these three interrelated issues with 11 organisations and the Petra authorities, All tourists entering the site will receive a campaign flyer with their tickets and will be able to see banners, posters and an animated video on their way through the Visitors Centre and entrance gate. The launch of the campaign is just the first phase to improve tourist attitudes and behaviour towards working children, working animals and these historic monuments of Petra in Jordan. The second phase aims to reach tourists before they arrive in Petra
  • We kindly request you to file any complaints or concerns you may have on working animals’ welfare in Petra to these two below government bodies as this will help us in achieving our goal

Petra Park Authority

Jordan Tourism Board

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 Read the latest blogs about Jordan here and here 

Jordan at a glance

  • Population: 6,388,000
  • Number of working donkeys, horses and mules: 9,795 of which 1,350 are found in the Petra region.

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Donkeys are used to take tourists up the Petra Park steps.

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A colourful donkey takes a well-deserved rest.

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A pony being treated by a Brooke mobile team in Petra.

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A curious donkey rests in between carrying tourists around Petra.

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A member of Brooke staff checks a horse's bridle in Petra, Jordan. Photo by Alina Kartko.

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